National Pizza Day. Yep, it’s a thing. Although, I’ve never needed a specific reason to eat pizza because pizza is always a good idea. Making pizza? A fantastic idea. So when Bardolino arranged a pizza making workshop to celebrate #nationalpizzaday, it was an event I was totally on board with, apron and chef hat at the ready.
Bardolino is a Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso bar by Marco Pierre White based in the Cube and overlooking the canal. Once inside, it’s a really inviting restaurant, casual and comfortable, it will be a lovely place to go to as we approach Spring/Summer, wine in hand, facing the canal.
The new menu launched this week and includes antipasti, authentic stone-baked pizzas, pasta dishes and salads. It also includes some really good brunch options including a bottomless brunch with unlimited Bellinis for £18 from 11-5pm every Saturday and Sunday-straight on the to-do list.
The pizza making workshop isn’t an event that Bardolino offers to the public but they 100% should, because making your own meal and receiving insider tips in a restaurant setting is always so much more informative and fun than just eating a standard meal. Bardolino, make it happen!
We took to our pizza making stations and began hand-stretching the pizza base using semolina. Naturally, I tried to make my pizza as big as possible to have as many slices as possible but it’s harder than it looks! It just wouldn’t stretch. Until we were shown how to toss the pizza and suddenly, lots more slices.
We had a huge range of fresh ingredients to choose from which form the basis of the pizzas on the menu, from italian meats, to bolognese and all the vegetables and herbs you could ask for. I decided to make a quattro style pizza because I couldn’t settle on a set amount of ingredients on offer, as everything looked so good. In the end, I decided on prosciutto, pepperoni, bolognese, tomatoes, mushrooms and basil with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of pepper. I had to refrain myself from adding extra ingredients for the sake of it. So hard.
After 4 minutes in the oven, it felt so satisfying to create my own pizza…And it tasted really fresh and pretty amazing. I mean, just look at it. Just call me Chef George.
I was really impressed with Bardolino and the pizza was delicious. Although, I can’t comment on the menu in its entirety, I’ll definitely be coming back to Bardolino to try the bottomless brunch and more pizza and so should you.
I’ll be honest though, I did struggle to find this place because it’s hidden on the second floor of the Cube and doesn’t *look* like a restaurant from the outside until you go inside and it all becomes clear. Be patient. Maybe advertising the location of this restaurant in the Mailbox and keeping the door open with the menu outside would help.
Anyway, check it out, go on, you know you want to.
You can find Bardolino at 200 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RN.
*Thanks to Rewired PR and Bardolino, I was invited to try the food and drink. As always, my opinions are my own*